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Morimoto Undergraduate Research Seminars

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Morimoto Undergraduate Research Seminars are held every week. This seminar series is organized by and for the undergraduate students working in the Morimoto Lab to provide an opportunity to present and discuss their own research work.

Your MURS Questions Answered


Why do undergrad research?

Participating in undergraduate research both reinforces and enhances what students learn in the classroom. Undergraduate research offers the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that are not available in a traditional classroom. One is able to obtain hands-on experience and a greater in-depth understanding of the field in which they are interested. Also, in order to graduate with honors, one has to write a senior thesis. Students can write their thesis using the data they have gathered during their time in the lab. The entire experience will help one decide if they enjoy research and if they would like to pursue it further in the future. Undergraduates who participate in research are at the forefront of science, take part in discoveries, and find it to be one of their most rewarding and exciting experience as an undergraduate.

Why the Morimoto lab?

Research in the Morimoto lab is a particularly enriching experience. Although it is very challenging and there are high expectations, this is only because undergraduates are treated as equals and are given a level of freedom and choice that requires a higher degree of responsibility. In the Morimoto lab there are graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all over the world who are very knowledgeable in their fields. As an undergraduate researcher you will have the opportunity to learn from them, but you will also be treated as a peer. A particularly exciting aspect of working in the Morimoto Lab is that although you will begin by working with a postdoctoral fellow or a graduate student, you will have the opportunity to choose a project that interests you.

What is a thesis?

A thesis is a culmination of your research in which you will tie together all your experiments, discuss the background literature on your project and present and discuss data. The thesis should define the central question and its place in the context of what was previously known, discuss the experiments to be carried out, analyze and discuss the results of the experiments, and discuss the significance of the research as well as possible future directions for related research. Students must complete a thesis in order to graduate with honors.

Funding your research

Northwestern University undergraduate research grants offer students the opportunity to fund their own research. Grants are available throughout the year although most students choose to apply for a summer grant. With the guidance of your research mentor, you must write a proposal and submit it to the Undergraduate Research Grants Committee, or one of the other grants offered such as the Erwin Macy award. The proposal should define the question or focus of your research, describe the methods that will be used, and explain the importance of the issues that will be addressed. Summer research grants provide up to $3,000 to cover student living expenses and research costs and specify that there must be at least eight weeks of full-time research. Academic year grants provide up to $1,000 for students pursuing a research project (usually in 398 or 399) with the supervision of a faculty member. In addition to Northwestern University, undergrads may apply for outside grants and scholarships on a national level.

Fellowship Links

Research Grants For Undergraduates

(Academic Year and Summer)

Scholarship Awards in Biological Science

What do Northwestern undergrads do with their research experience?

Northwestern undergraduates use their research experience to pursue and develop their interests in the sciences. Although most students will go on to graduate school to pursue research further, some use their experience and apply the skills they have learned to other fields, such as medicine, patent law, and industry.

Current Events


Join us at the weekly Proteostasis Consortium Seminar Series, Wednesdays at 11am CT  via Zoom.


The full schedule and webinar access information can be viewed here


Join the Lab

Post-doctoral fellows

Candidates interested in applying for a post-doctoral position in the Morimoto lab should send a cover letter with a brief statement of interest and research experience to Dr. Morimoto (

Please include a CV and three references.

Graduate Students

Northwestern University offers doctoral and master’s degrees in several disciplines.

Below are some of the programs in which Dr. Morimoto’s laboratory has been affiliated. Candidates interested in applying for a graduate student position in Dr. Morimoto’s lab can contact Dr. Morimoto.

Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Program [IBiS]

Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program [NUIN]

Medical Scientist Training Program [MSTP]


Master’s of Quantitative and Systems Biology

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate research offers the opportunities to gain valuable research experience working with faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students as mentors. Undergraduate researchers work at the forefront of scientific research to obtain hands-on experience and a greater understanding of their field of interest. Students can register for course credit and do research with a goal of writing a departmental senior honors thesis.

Students interested in doing an undergraduate research project in the Morimoto lab should send Dr. Morimoto an email explaining their interest and reason for pursuing research, along with a CV. Priority is given to students planning a career in research.

Visiting Scholars

We welcome the opportunity to consider your application. If you are interested in doing research in the Morimoto Laboratory, please contact Dr. Morimoto ( with an outline of your plan of research.


Include your CV. Non-U.S. scholars should also refer to the Northwestern University International Office website:


Additional inquiries can be sent to Dr. Morimoto:, Sue Fox:, or Rebecca Phend:
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